FWC Division of Law Enforcement Weekly Highlights For Cases In Brevard County
By Space Coast Daily // July 1, 2017
vessel operator arrested and charged with BUI
EDITOR’S NOTE: The following report highlights some cases the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission handled in Brevard County over the past week, but does not include all actions taken by the Division of Law Enforcement.
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Officers Eller, Miller and Graves inspected numerous crab traps being fished throughout the Indian River to ensure they were compliant with blue crab trap regulations.
Numerous violations, such as no degradable material and untagged traps, were noted during these inspections.
The owners of the traps were identified and cited accordingly.
Lieutenant Bonds, Officers Eller and Lejarzar conducted numerous off-shore fisheries inspections while on patrol in the Atlantic Ocean outside of Port Canaveral.
A fisheries inspection of a vessel revealed an undersized dolphin. The subject was made aware of the violation and cited accordingly.
The officers made another vessel stop to conduct an off-shore fisheries inspection and the vessel operator appeared to lack balance, had slurred speech and had a strong odor of alcohol emitting from his breath.
A five-gallon bucket of empty beer cans was visible on the deck and the operator appeared to be impaired. Officer Eller performed standard field sobriety tasks on the subject and, due to the subject’s poor performance, determined that he was impaired.
The subject was arrested, charged for BUI and transported to the Brevard County Jail.
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